a sign of the tenuousness of his grip on himself

Alex Coseff

Senior Member
Czech
Hello,

I'm not sure if I understand correctly the bit in bold? Does it possibly suggest that the character is very tense and so has little self-control of himself?
Many thanks.

G.M.Malliet: Wicked autumn
"Why didn' t she have her auto-injector? That's what I don't understand." THis burst out of the Major like gunfire, a sign of the tenuousness of his grip on himself.
 
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